Monthly Archives: September 2007

The best ever unknown Kadazandusun songwriter and vocalist

Zesmus Joannes, an employee with the State Forestry Department released an album in 2002, a year before Malaysians became Akademi Fantasia crazy. I got it on tape via direct sales from a friend, who was directly involved in producing the album. I have never seen the album in record shops anywhere, let alone hear his songs on local radio.

I have no idea how many copies of the album managed to be sold.

Which is a pity, because IMHO Zesmus is one of Sabah’s undiscovered gems. Excellent songwriter and great voice.

The following is the best song from his one and only album, a love song about a girl named Idah.

Have you heard it before?

If you like it, I can’t say get the original, because when I contacted the friend who sold me the LP several years ago, he said they can’t even locate the master tape / disc anymore!

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1,000 year old priceless Buddha statue with “magical” properties stolen from Penang (The Lifting Buddha / Luang Phor York)

The statue was located at the Buppharam Thai Buddhist Temple in Perak Road, Penang. It’s supposed to have originated from northeast Thailand.

It was reportedly stolen on 14th September between 7 and 8 in the morning, although the temple committee used the phrase “gone on holiday” because they’re hoping it will be returned, as had happened 4 times in the last 3 years. Apparently, each time it would be returned by the thief within 3-4 days.

But this time they’re getting worried because it’s already been 2 weeks.

There’s a distinct possibility that the thief had melted the brass for scrap metal, or even more likely, sell it to antique collectors.

It is said that bad luck is likely to befall the person who took the statue.

Still, the temple committee is not planning to lodge any police report as they are still hoping that the statue would be returned.

What caught my eyes is the fact that the statue apparently has magical properties. According to Leo Foo, who did an extensive article on the statue at Malaysian Internet Resource (MIR):

BUPPHARAM THAI BUDDHIST TEMPLE is also called SAKAK CHAN WAT but more popular known as “Temple of the Lifting Buddha”. Personally, I find this temple has more appeal to individual (especially to tourists who may has never tried something like this before). My first visit to this temple can date back to 25 years ago where a local friend first brought me to experience this “phenomenon” on my own. Later years, I have brought some friends (even my wife) to give this a try to lift a small Buddha image which locates inside a small room annexed to the main hall.

The old picture of Lifting Buddha at BUPPHARAM THAI /SIAMESE BUDDHIST TEMPLE To the Thai, the image is called LUANG PHOR YORK (“LP York”). The mid sized bronze Buddha image measures merely less than one foot tall. It is NOT made solid physically as with most Thai made Buddha images (i.e. hollow inside). It is not entirely that heavy and supposedly it is NOT that difficult to lift it up. If I can recalled accurately, previously, it was an image made of wood rather than bronze and it is not as high as the current form. Whatever it is, the amazing thing is where it relates: KNEE DOWN, PRAY to the Buddha BEFORE you begin. Make a Wish while you pray, and ask the Buddha for guidance that IF the wish you have made can come true and then use both hands (one aside) to try lift the image upwards. IF you can manage to do so for the first time, put the Buddha image down – and ASK FOR THE SECOND TIME; i.e. IF the wish really can come true, PLEASE ASK THE BUDDHA DON’T LET YOU LIFT IT UP AT YOUR SECOND ATTEMPT. Results may vary depend on what you are asking and based on individual.

I tried. My friends tried. It works that way. Most people I tried to explain how this works will put up a lot of theories such as a remote controlled magnetic switch etc.. but I wish 25 years ago, it was that advance for consumer electronic and actually, those days, the small table is hollow, meaning, there is nothing in contact between the image and the ground. I know this defies basic physics but there is no way for one to explain how could this happened. Well, the recent trip I went shown was a table covered with table cloth. Check it yourself if you still have some doubts in you, hehe …

Click to see more pictures of the statue and a video of someone successfully lifting it for the first time and failing the second

Recommended (non-halal) breakfast joint: Restoran Wah Juan, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu

Eatery-wise, it’s easy to know which ones are good and which ones to avoid, just by looking at the number of patrons it attracts.

Restoran Wah Juan of Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu is one of them.

Everytime I go past in the morning hours, weekdays or weekends, it is always overflowing: the seats are full and people are milling about outside waiting for their turn.

Usually I won’t have the patience to wait and simply go over to another place, but a few days ago (Monday the 17th) was a public holiday, so we decided to wait.

The noodles are as good as ever (RM4.50 per plate). I think one needs 2 plates to be satisfied as the first plate will be gone in no time.


For extra oomph, ask for the “kuah chu chap”:


My only grouse is the drinks – their “Nescafe kau ping” is, and has always been below average. However, to me, the best Nescafe kau ping in Kota Kinabalu can also be found in Tanjung Aru – on the KFC block, 2nd restaurant from the left as you drive in.

Sexist arcade game at Wawasan Plaza, Kota Kinabalu?

On the 2nd floor of Wawasan Plaza, Kota Kinabalu is an amusement centre containing quite a few arcade games.

One of them is, at first glance, a harmless-looking sniper game from Konami entitled Silent Scope.

But looking closer on the right panel, one can see the following:


Yes, it’s just a game, but it might give wrong ideas to impressionable young people who play this game; plus women NGOs might go ballistic if they found out about this and get the arcade centre prioprietor in trouble.

What do you think?

Ashop Commerce’s hosted shopping cart software

Ashop Commerce is a US based company offering a total solution for you to begin selling online. Their products include hosted shopping cart software.

There are of course many other companies offering similar services, so Ashop Commerce listed several ways in which they stand out from the rest:

Firstly, some of the other vendors offer “shop in a box” facilities. Ashop claims that you have to bear in mind that there could be hidden costs in things like upgrades, security, support, hosting, bugs, feature upgrades, advice, gateway fees as well as the software purchase. The whole thing can end up costing you more than you expected, as well as being not beginner-friendly to set up.

Secondly, vendors offer development of web stores from scratch. However this entails time and money: both precious commodities. There are also monthly fees which can turn out to be similar in amount to Ashop’s fees.

Lastly, Ashop claims that they are specialists in online shopping cart software development, and that most other companies can only give you a portion, and an inferior one at that, of what Ashop can do. In fact, most shopping cart providers are in reality, companies that simply resell existing ecommerce software, not one that they developed themselves.

Ashop’s software can do the whole range: stock control, customer relations, search engine promotions, sales reports and invoicing.

That, as well as the following:
- free technical support services by e-mail, web chat and phone
- fully customizable design. This is done from the web-based administration panel
- free upgrades as technology improves
- free SSL security
- search engine optimization
- affordable monthly payments. The cost starts at less than USD40 per month.

Perhaps the best is this: you can sign up for a full-function 10 day free trial, without even the need to give out your credit card details.

Mourinho’s abrupt farewell leaves Chelsea FC fans shell-shocked

The new manager

First official statement on Chelsea FC’s official website

As of a few hours ago, the forum thread at Chelsea FC’s official website entitled “Official: Chelsea and Jose Mourinho Have Parted Company” had had more than 30,000 views and more than 500 replies in 23 pages, the most popular thread in the entire website.

The first few pages had fans fans expressing shock and disbelief, even one lashing out at Roman Abramovich himself! Some selected forum entries:

Please tell me this is all crap! Please!

I actually feel sick! I’m in total shock! I don’t know what to say.

Avram Grant is gonna ****ing be in charge when we face Utd. stupid

If we lose him we are in trouble. Its not when we lose him that makes a difference, its the fact that we have lost him if its all true, we won’t be the same team. Without him our team is already 50% weaker again if its true.

Regardless of who Roman’s main target is – Ramos I suspect – the rumour is Grant will be in charge in the meantime. Nice. Kenyon will have to go now, whether he walks or he’s pushed. If he stays he’s a liar. If he goes it’s because he backed Jose and Roman’s had enough of him.

I will always remember him for bringing two titles to Chelsea but perhaps he ran out of ideas. Without Drogba and Lampard we look mid table quality.

This is a BIGGER LOSS than all the players we lost over the past 3 yrs…

And he’s been forced to leave, after being FORCED to play an alien formation (Mourinho’s formation is 4-3-3/4-5-1, why switch to an open 4-4-2?) and been forced to accept a £30m flop but denied transfer money for other buys that he wanted. Nice one Abramovich, thanks for the money, no thanks for everything else.

224 User(s) are reading this topic. Wow.

Seriously hopes this is wrong, I honestly think I’ll cry.

I think Jose quitting is a combination of both frustration at the board and frustration at certain of his players.. The board meddled too much in his affairs… Why I am pissed off most is that the board should have let him be till the end of the season before letting him go or should have done this over the summer.. SO where do we go from here… A few of those players came because of Jose (together with the money)… This is a sad, sad day.. About to go get drunk…..

me , did not see this one coming , if it is true I am absolutley gutted. Can’t believe the club have allowed this to happen.

We will now be a laughing stock for sure. Other teams fans can have a laugh, Chelsea let Jose Mourinho go, that is just stupid. Bye bye silverware bye bye.

I can’t believe this is happening……………….. I dont know what to say…. I’m in total shock…..
my god…..

If I was Roman I would be fairly fed up. We are a weaker team now than in 2005 by a distance despite bringing in more and more players. The club has gone backwards over the last 12 months and it is difficult to ignore that fact. Roman didn’t become a multi billionaire by waiting for things to happen. It’s a sad day for Chelsea but we’ve been here before.

Update: Tickets for sale: Charity Dinner featuring Velvet AF4: 22 October 2007 at Magellan Sutera, Kota Kinabalu

This is an update to my post about the above matter early last month.


Ticket sales are ongoing, but we’d like further help from everybody to make this charity event a success.


You can also elect to sponsor gifts for the lucky draws.


Should you have any enquiries, pls leave a comment here and I will get back to you a.s.a.p.


Details summary:

- The charity dinner will be held 22nd October (Monday) at Magellan Sutera, Kota Kinabalu featuring Velvet AF4.

- Tickets are priced at RM200, RM150 and RM100.

- We hope to sell 130 tables.

- VVIP: The State Minister of Community Development & Consumer Affairs.



The best produced Kadazandusun song ever

Petronella Suan released her debut album in October 2006. It contains mostly Malay songs but there was one Kadazandusun song (with a Malay version as well), and in yours truly’s humble opinion the best song in the whole album, and one of the best original songs in the Kadazandun language ever written.

It was co-written by Damian Manson (a friend of mine), Greg Handerson, Petronella herself and Yuriz. Petronella penned the lyrics.

If you like it, please support our local artistes: purchase the original.

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